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Comedian Bill Bailey has been surprisingly light on his feet during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

This is not only down to his surprising aptitude when it comes to dance, but also because he has already lost a whopping one and a half stone.

The 55-year-old star showed off his slimmed down physique as he got back to work on Monday at rehearsals with his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse.

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The South African dancer, 30, took to Instagram to share a snap of Bill, looking lean in a grey T-shirt and black exercise trousers.

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Oti then gushed over her partner’s weight loss, crediting both her own dance training and Bill’s wife’s healthy meals.

She wrote: "Who is this person? How much weight did @the_bill_bailey lose?

"Wow – I should definitely run a dance school and help people lose weight through dance.

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“Also Mrs Bailey very healthy meals have helped #danceismylife #newandimproved #skinnymini"

Bill previously told The Sun that he has slimmed down, explaining: “I’ve certainly lost weight – a lot of clothes feel baggy.”

He also recently opened up to the Guardian about how he has surprisied even himself about how well he is doing on the hit show.

The star said: “It’s extraordinary. People would assume I wouldn’t be able to even keep up with the training, but I’ve surprised myself.

"I do a routine, watch it back and think: what happened there? I can’t quite believe I’m able to do it.”

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Bill and Oti have made it into the semi-final against Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice, Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, HRVY and Janette Manrara, and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez.

Last weekend the duo danced to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of The Opera, and scored a respectable 24 which was in the middle of the leaderboard.

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